Betsy Brandt Joins Michael J. Fox’s Series And More Casting News

Betsy Brandt is heading to NBC’s new sitcom.

According to THR, the “Breaking Bad” actress has joined Michael J. Fox’s untitled new NBC sitcom as Fox character’s wife Annie. Annie is described as being “tough yet loyal with a goofy side.”

Brandt joins previously cast: Katie Finneran (“I Hate My Teenage Daughter”) will play Fox’s sister on the show, Wendell Pierce (“Treme”) will play Fox’s boss and Conor Romero (“Person of Interest”) will play his college drop-out son.

NBC has ordered 22 episodes of the comedy series, which is expected to debut this fall.

More casting news…

Rosemarie DeWitt is leaving “The Newsroom.” The “United States of Tara” actress is leaving the show due to scheduling conflicts after shooting only a couple of episodes for the series second season. DeWitt, who was cast as Rebecca Halliday, will be replaced by another actress.

There is a mini Huxtable reunion taking place at NBC. Keshia Knight Pulliam has been cast to guest star on “Guys With Kids” as Bridget, Marny’s (Tempestt Bledsoe) sister. Bridget is described as a fun, irresponsible woman who visits her sister after a bad breakup. The casting will reunite the TV sisters. [TV Guide]

“Melrose Place” alum Heather Locklear is joining the TNT drama “Franklin & Bash” as a series regular. The TV veteran will play Rachel King, “a stunning trial lawyer, with stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of their life.”

Bethenny Frankel is stopping by “The Neighbors.” The “Real Housewives” alumna will guest star in an upcoming episode of the comedy series as a businesswoman who works to help launch Debbie Weaver’s (Jami Gertz) handbag business. [EW]


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